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BOOK REVIEW: THE MONARCHS ARE FLYING
BY MARION FOSTER

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Gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transexual folk have, in our society, always been on the margins. GLBT folk have been legally discriminated against in the workplace, in housing opportunities, religious institutions, the legal system, as well as dealing with homophobic people in other aspects of society. In Monarchs Are Flying, Marion Foster paints such a picture of homophobia in a small conservative northern Ontario town.

TV reporter Leslie Taylor is arrested for murder of her ex lover Marcie Denton, who, after their break up marries an abusive man whom she had been trying to leave. Marcie’s husband who wants to be sure that Leslie be prosecuted to the full extent of the law calls Harriet Croft, an older divorced lawyer, on the case. But Harriet is attracted to Leslie's courage and after Leslie fires her local lawyer, she agrees to represent her and prove her innocence.

I rated this book highly because Marion Foster in her writing gives the reader a very good sense of what it is like to live in a small community where homophobia is present. Perhaps what is even more important is her ability to demonstrate how internalized homophobia is destructive to the GLBT person. Leslie decides early in the novel to plead guilty even though she is innocent because of her own sense of guilt over who she is. The plot of the novel is standard and straightforward and moves along well. As a mystery the book is average. As a character study in growth and development, Foster's insight is excellent.

REVIEWED BY LILLIAN PORTER

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